How To Clean Porcelain

How to clean porcelain appropriately is very important.  Porcelain is a fired clay to which minerals have been added for strength and translucency. Porcelain is a type of china, but it is a harder ceramic than most china. It is more durable than glass, but it still requires appropriate care when cleaning. It is often found in dishware, toilets, sinks, and tubs. 

Here are some supplies needed to clean porcelain:

  • warm water
  • mild dish soap
  • soft cloth
  1. Make sure to check the bottom of the porcelain to see if the piece is dishwasher safe. Many pieces are dishwasher safe, so it will be fine to clean porcelain of this type in the dishwasher.  Place in the dishwasher like you would any dish. Obliviously, you should clean porcelain sinks, toilets, and tubs  by hand with soapy water or glass cleaner.
  2. Hand painted, metal trimmed, or vintage porcelain should be washed by hand. Wash the pieces in warm soapy water using mild dish soap. Make sure to rinse well, as soap residue could cause damage. Never use abrasive cleansers, sponges, or brushes; these will also damage porcelain. The mild dish soap and soft cloth will work perfectly.
  3. Dry with a soft cloth. Make sure the cloth is soft, so it will not scratch the object. Porcelain that is vintage is often brittle and fragile, making it easy to scratch. Porcelain will break if dropped, so be careful.
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